Pacers at Celtics (Game 2)

Pregame: McMillan Game 2 Press Conference - April 17, 2019

April 17, 2019 - Prior to Game 2 against the Boston Celtics, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked about his team's mindset going into the matchup.

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Pregame: McMillan Game 2 Press Conference - April 17, 2019

April 17, 2019 - Prior to Game 2 against the Boston Celtics, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked about his team's mindset going into the matchup.
Apr 17, 2019  |  02:20

Practice: After Two Days of Prep, Pacers Ready for Game 2

April 16, 2019 - With two full days of practice between games, the Pacers feel confident entering Wednesday's Game 2 matchup with the Celtics.
Apr 16, 2019  |  01:18

Practice: Pacers Looking to Regain Rhythm on Offense

April 15, 2019 - After practice on Monday, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked about what he saw watching film from Game 1. Players Thad Young and Darren Collison shared their thoughts on what the team needs to work on going into Game 2.
Apr 15, 2019  |  02:15

Practice Report: Johnson and Gill on Pacers' Adjustments for Game 2

April 15, 2019 - Jeremiah Johnson and Eddie Gill report from Pacers practice at TD Garden, breaking down what went wrong in Indiana's Game 1 loss to the Celtics and what they must fix heading into Game 2.
Apr 15, 2019  |  01:56

Game Preview: Pacers at Celtics (Game 2)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM ET at TD Garden
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport





Last Updated: April 17 at 12:08 PM ET

Matchup

In the postgame locker room following their Game 1 loss to the Celtics, the Pacers' message as a team was loud and clear: stay the course.

Despite suffering their worst offensive game of the season in the 84-74 defeat on Sunday afternoon, the Pacers believe they executed their gameplan well enough to win, but missing open looks made the difference in the 10-point loss.

"We just missed shots," said point guard Darren Collison. "Had some frustrations, fouls, miscues, but I feel in good shape about where we're at right now. If you look at the shots we missed,they were good shots. If those shots fall Game 2, we're talking a different game."

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Defensively, the Pacers held Boston to its lowest point total of the season, limiting the Celtics to just 36.4 percent shooting. But transition defense remained an issue for the Pacers as the Celtics outscored Indiana 24-14 on the fastbreak.

With two full days between games, the Pacers will go back to the drawing board to find ways to jumpstart the offense.

One area they'll surely focus on is finding ways for Bojan Bogdanovic to get open looks. Indiana's leading scorer was held without a 3-pointer and finished with 12 points on Sunday, as the Celtics didn't let the sharpshooter leave their sight.

Wednesday's clash with Boston gives the Pacers another shot at stealing homecourt advantage from the fourth-seeded Celtics before the series shifts back to Indiana for Games 3 and 4.

"It’s going to come down to who executes. Who takes care of the ball. Who keeps their confidence up," said Doug McDermott. "We’ll do our best to get a good couple of nights of prep, and get ready for these guys on Wednesday.”

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Darren Collison, SG - Wesley Matthews, SF - Bojan Bogdanovic, PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Myles Turner
Celtics: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - Jaylen Brown, SF - Jayson Tatum, PF - Aron Baynes, C - Al Horford

Injury Report

Pacers: Victor Oladipo - out (right knee surgery)

Celtics: Marcus Smart - out (left oblique tear), Al Horford - questionable (illness)

Last Meeting

April 14, 2019: The Pacers' offense couldn't find its footing in the second half en route to an 84-74 Game 1 loss to the Celtics in Boston.

In total, Indiana scored just 29 combined in the third and fourth quarters, and though the defense was able to hold the Celtics in check, it wasn't enough to overcome the prolonged offensive draught in the second half.

"We just didn't make enough shots," Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said of the third. "We were getting wide open looks and they were rattling in-and-out or they were just missed shots."

The Pacers led by seven at halftime, but Boston outscored the Pacers 26-8 in the third quarter, taking the lead and comfortably holding onto it for the rest of the afternoon.

"We handled them pretty well in the first half, so it was their turn to make adjustments," said Darren Collison. "They did that, so we'll go back to the drawing board ourselves, and we'll come back."

Noteworthy

  • The Celtics have now won four consecutive games against Indiana.
  • Indiana and Boston have met in the postseason on five occasions, with Boston winning the first three (1991, 1992, 2003) and Indiana winning the next two (2004, 2005).
  • Rookie Aaron Holiday scored his first career postseason points with a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter of Game 1.

Tickets

After opening the series in Boston, the Pacers will return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to face the Celtics in Games 3 and 4 of the first-round series. Find Tickets »

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
TNT - Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst), Rebecca Haarlow (sideline reporter)
Radio: 107.5 FM/1070 AM The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (studio host)

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